2019 05 17 Louleigh Knitting Podcast – Sock Blocker Enthusiast

In this episode I’m wearing my Marklee jersey.

The Ankle Socks With Pinstripes pattern is available now in my Ravelry store.  The pattern is half price until 24 May 2019.  I used a beautiful socks set from Lay Family Yarn.

Quarter 3 for the Advent Mini Skein Swap is open now.

Today I’m showing off my finished Pebbles and Pathways socks, and a pair of afterthought everything socks.

I also talk about The Hairy Man’s socks in West Yorkshire Spinners yarn, Opal yarn, and hand dyed yarn; and chat about his favourite fitting socks.  I mention the Fish Lips Kiss pattern, and Kate Atherley’s book ‘Custom Socks’.

Finally I review my sock blockers from Succaplokki, Yarnistry, and Woodico.

2019 04 26 louleigh knitting and sewing podcast – summer wardrobe planning

Today I’m wearing a Scout Tee made using some cotton fabric purchased ages ago from Ikea.

The Louleigh commuknitty is currently counting down to the Quarter 2 Advent Mini Skein Swap, and enjoying the Magnificent Louleigh Yoke Along.

Today I talk about my Marklee Jersey, fitting a Scout Tee, the Guthrie cardigan, planning an A Frame skirt, and swatching for a Featherweight cardi.

2019 04 05 louleigh knitting and sewing podcast – scout tee

I am wearing Treysta, and the Chicanery curl shawl.  The wee shawl pin that I usually use with this shawl is from Beyond Measure, and I made the shawl woggle using a video by JewelryTuturialHQ.

In the Louleigh Ravelry group we’re talking about the Magnificent Louleigh Yoke Along, and you can join in the Advent Mini-skein Swap for quarter 2.

I’m working on the Pebbles and Pathways socks, Ankle Socks With Pinstripes, and a new sock design using the Passenger yarn from Phileas Yarns.  I’ve also been sewing the Scout Tee.

2019 03 08 Louleigh Knitting Podcast

This week I’m wearing an aran cardigan that my mother knitted.

The Louleigh community has been getting really excited about yokes.  Come and join the Magnificent Louleigh Yoke Along#knit1000g closes on 20 March.  Don’t forget to update your posts to be in with a chance in the prize draw.  I’m really forward to meeting some of you at the Rabbie’s Cafe meet up in Edinburgh.

I’ve been working on Bovertun and Marklee.  This week I also review De Rerum Natura Gilliatt.

Yarn Review: De Rerum Natura – Gilliatt

I’ve been putting off writing  this review because I just didn’t know what to say about the yarn.  The very few words I do have to say about De Rerum Natura’s Gilliatt aren’t going to fill up much space; however, it is a yarn that I really want to share with you, so lets just crack on with the vital statistics.

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Yarn weight Worsted; Skein weight 100 g; Length 250 m; Recommended tension 17 – 19 stitches over 10 cm; Recommended needle 4 – 5 mm needles; Fibre content European Merino; No. of plys 3;  Spun in France.

Gilliatt doesn’t feel like any other merino that I’ve squished in the ball.  It’s not as finely spun as other merino yarns I’ve encountered.  The yarn looks plump, round, and woolly; and the ball rebounds as I squish it in my hand.  It’s not super soft either.  You aren’t going to pick this up and coo over it, but it is pleasant to the touch.

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Swatch knitted of 4 mm needles after one wash.

I knitted two swatches with 4 and 5 mm needles, and ended up with a gauge of 18.5 stitches x 30 rows and 17 stitches x 26 rows over 10 cm.  Both fabrics look great.  This plump yarn expands out in to the space around it, so the fabric still looks full and opaque at a looser gauge.  On smaller needles, the knitted fabric still has a nice movement to it.  I wouldn’t say that either swatch has drape, but they do have a nice movement to them.

It’s worth mentioning that I didn’t experience any prickle factor while wearing my swatches.  I’ve knitted the Furrow Hat with it, and haven’t experienced any prickling or itchiness against my forehead.  I didn’t notice the swatch when tucked into my neckband either.

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Swatch knitted on 5 mm needles after two washes and two weeks of armpit testing.

This is the bit where I run out of words for this yarn.  I proceeded to the wear test, when the swatch gets tucked in to my bra at the armpit, and stays there for a few days.  The 5 mm swatch spent a week in close proximity to my perspiring armpit – no change.  So I washed it again, and tucked it in to my bra for another week, then hand washed it again.  Still no change.  Oh, sorry, it’s a teeny tiny bit softer.  That is all.

So how would I describe this yarn?  Stable.  And that is something I like in a yarn.  If you’re going to take the time to knit a garment, you really want it to maintain it’s looks for a long time.  I think Gilliatt would.  At £11 it’s a high quality mid-range yarn.  I liked it a lot, and very badly want to make myself a garment with it.

2019 02 22 louleigh knitting podcast

This week I’m wearing Treysta.

The Louleigh community has been chatting about #knit1000g, the Advent Mini Skein Swap, and The Magnificent Yoke Along.

I’ve been knitting socks! Hairy Man Socks, Pebbles and Pathways Socks, and an afterthought everything sock tube.

I’ve been reading ‘The New Animals’ by Pip Adam, and my focus project for the coming week is Bovertun.

2019 02 07 – Louleigh knitting podcast

This week I’m wearing Enchanted Mesa.

I will be attending the Edinburgh Yarn Festival.  If you’d like to join me for breakfast at Rabbie’s Cafe, there are details in the Louleigh Ravelry Group.

Sign ups for Quarter 1 of the Advent Mini Skein Swap will close on Monday 11 February.

Currently I’m working on Bovertun and Marklee.

2019 01 11 Louleigh Podcast – Reviewing My Sock Knitting Books

 

I’ve been knitting Twisted Limone tube socks and Opal tube socks, whilst reading The Lido by Libby Page and Mist Over Pendle by Robert Neill.

One sock for The Hairy Man is complete, and I’ve started a pair of Pebbles and Pathways socks.

The books reviewed are ‘The Knitter’s Book of Socks‘ by Clara Parkes, ‘Sock Architecture‘ by Lara Neel, and ‘Custom Socks‘ by Kate Atherley.

Pop over to the Ravelry thread for an opportunity to win the Pebbles and Pathways pattern.

2019 01 04 Louleigh Podcast – Drop Cloth Embroidery

The jersey I’m wearing this week is Carbeth.

I’ve finished my advent socks, and am knitting socks for The Hairy Man.  The embroidery I’m working on is a Drop Cloth Sampler.

Please visit the Louleigh Ravelry group to show off your advent mini skein projects, and update #knit1000g progress.